Title IX Applies to Everyone at KCU
“It is essential that every member of the Kentucky Christian University community–faculty, staff, and students alike–treat one another with respect and courtesy. The Title IX Office exists to provide resources to the campus community as we seek to combat sexual violence or harassment in all forms. I am pleased to encourage all members of the KCU community to contact Ms. Kailey Rigdon, our Title IX Coordinator, with questions, comments, or reports.”Marvin L. Elliott, Ed.D.Executive Vice President
What is Title IX?
Title IX is a federal statute guaranteeing equal access and opportunity in all higher education programs and activities. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex not only within interscholastic and intercollegiate athletic programs, but also in any term or condition of employment in higher education, in educational benefits or opportunities and access. As part of this, it prohibits a form of discrimination which is called harassment – or behaviors that discriminate on the basis of sex.
How does Title IX apply to sexual violence?
Sexual violence is an extreme form of sexual harassment that has the effect of denying individuals access to educational benefits and opportunities on the basis of sex. Title IX protects students, faculty, and employees from discrimination, and works in coordination with other university policies and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex or gender.
Does Title IX only affect students?
No, all members of the Kentucky Christian University community – students, faculty, staff, applicants for admission, and applicants for employment as well as individuals that utilize our campus for activities and programs (community members) – are protected from gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence under Title IX.
Who can I talk to about a Title IX concern?
The university is committed to supporting victims and survivors, providing fair processes to resolve complaints, and responding with compassion and prompt attention to complaints. Students are NOT required to provide additional information about the incident or participate in a university investigation in order to receive services. Our goal is to provide all students with information on reporting options, so they can make an informed decision.
Make a Formal Complaint
The decision to report and when to do so is always up to you. The university encourages reports to be made in close proximity to the incident even though reports can be made to the university, confidential staff, and law enforcement at any time.
Talk to a Confidential Resource
A confidential resource means that information shared is protected by federal and state laws and cannot be shared without your explicit permission. You are welcome to contact one of the university’s confidential resources to learn about your reporting options, available support services, and resources.
Contact the Title IX Coordinator